Humanoid robots help improve nursing home patient's quality of life

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NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: The operator watches and talks with the elderly user by using the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: The face of the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: An elderly user enjoy talking with the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: The elderly user sings a song with the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: Elderly users and the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: An elderly user enjoy talking with the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: An operator staff shows the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: An operator staff shows the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' to an elderly user at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: An operator staff shows the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' to an elderly user at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: The operator staff swicth on the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: An elderly user pat the head of the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: An elderly user moved by talking with the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: An user moved by talking with the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: The operator staff shows the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' to an elderly user at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: Elderly users and the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: An operator staff shows the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' to elderly users at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: The remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: An elderly user enjoy talking with the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: An elderly user sings a song with the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: An operation staff carries the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: The staff shows the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' to an elderly user at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: An elderly user sings with the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: An elderly user talks with the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: An elderly user enjoy talking with the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: An elderly user enjoys talking with the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: An elderly user moved by talking with the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: An elderly user pat the head of the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
NATORI, JAPAN - MARCH 13: The screen show the image of an elderly user captured by the eye of the remote-controlled humanoid 'Telenoid' at the nursing home 'Urayasu' on March 13, 2017 in Natori, Japan. It is the first case of Telenoid to be installed at a nursing home in the world. The 2.7 kg humanoid enables the operator to communicate with the elderly over long distance with its camera and microphone capturing the voice and movements of an operator, and projecting them through the body to the elderly. The nursing home staff have seen the elderly, especially with dementia, have become more active and positive to communicate when they communicate with the Telenoids. Telenoid costs 1,000,000 JPY (approx. 8,700 USD,) and can be rented for 50,000 JPY (about 435USD) per month. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
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There comes a time in every person's life when they must make difficult decisions regarding their elderly loved ones. Depending on the family member's needs, sometimes a full-time care facility is the best option, even if it isn't the most desirable.

Unfortunately, for some residents extended family isn't always as close as they'd like them to be. A nursing home in Natori Japan is incorporating revolutionary technology as part of their patient care. With the help of a strange toddler-sized robot, 'Telenoid', loved ones can now communicate with their family over hundreds of thousands of miles away. When in use, the Telenoid will capture the person's voice and movements using a microphone and camera while simultaneously replicating the actions for the person in possession of the robot.

It is incredibly clear from the photos above that this technology is bringing great joy to these aging patient's lives. The staff has reported an uptick in activity and positive communication when working with the Telenoids, especially among those with dementia.

The use of this technology is still relatively new and will hopefully continue to help improve the quality of life in elderly care facilities worldwide. At this time the Urayasu nursing home is the only adult care institution in the world utilizing this technology.

Currently, using a Telenoid is quite the investment. To purchase one outright will cost you $8,700 USD (1,000,000 JPY) or they can be rented for a monthly fee of $435 USD (50,000 JPY).

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